Posts Tagged ‘perch’

Pear Condemenium

This pear tree died several years ago,

I left it for a perch for any bird that might be interested in nesting there.

Obviously, it has had previous occupants.

Then today, three or four bluebirds showed interest in the dead tree.

I started getting excited.

They checked the dead tree and its surroundings.

 I was sure they would nest in such a “perfect” place.

Well, it turned out they didn’t stay and use any of the holes for nesting.

I still keep my fingers crossed and hope they … or another pair return.

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Return of the Eastern Phoebe

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I took a break before starting supper and went out in the yard to listen for birds. There should be several species migrating. A phoebe (a flycatcher) repeated its name from a perch I couldn’t find in the catalpa.

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The phoebe flew to the trees by the barn.

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They were still almost impossible to find in all the foliage.

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And then …. and then …. one phoebe landed on the edge of the barn roof. Its song was a rendition of “fee bee, fee bay.

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They nested in the barn three years ago. The nest was in a convenient place on the side of a rafter where I could take pictures of the young ones.

My fingers are crossed, hoping they will nest here again.

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I took this picture in 2013.

 

Robin Central

Rain continues to fall and is gradually increasing. I hear the robins chirping from where I sit by the picture window. A light breeze blows.

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I just realized one of the draws is the abundance of berries on, and fallen from the hackberry trees.

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The  robin actually stood still for a picture.

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Something in the bare spot draws their attention. (Five in the picture)

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A quiet reprieve with a view. Maybe it’s trying to decide where to feed next.

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Berries still remain on the hackberry trees. Maybe this robin prefers a higher perch.

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The sky reflecting in the water drops on the picture window changes the focus of the picture.

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Three-thirty and suddenly all is still … completely still.

Backlit

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Widow skimmer dragonfly

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 The combination of colors, shapes and the backlighting creates an interesting abstract design.

Fluttering Motion

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Tiger swallowtails flutter more than perch when they’re feeding.

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I decided to go for pictures with movement for a change.

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They did land on the phlox flowers and flutter to hold their position.

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They “fluttered” out of sight on many pictures.

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Changing my approach proved to be fun.

Ready for Winter

While walking around the yard with my camera, I decided to look for the little hibernating caterpillar of the red spotted purble butterfly I found in September.

This isn’t the one I chronicled in 4 earlier blogs. The dark at the opening of the tube (hibernaculum) is the head of the little caterpillar. The shelter measures 3/8 inch.

The small caterpillar cut all the leaf off except what’s curved into the tube. It used silk to do this. Part of the midvein was left for a perch out from the tube. Silk continues on up the stalk of the leaf and wraps around the branch many times to hold the caterpillar in the tree through the winter. If it fell to the ground, it would be too small to climb all the way back up to fresh emerging leaves.

Earlier blogs:

 https://naturesnippets.com/2012/09/28/a-very-interesting-caterpillar/

https://naturesnippets.com/2012/10/05/caterpillar-update/

https://naturesnippets.com/2012/10/06/caterpillar-diary-september-27/

https://naturesnippets.com/2012/10/07/caterpillar-diary-september-28/

Widow Skimmers

Meet Libellula luctuosa, commonly known as “widow skimmer.” I saw this female on June 21.

and this male 4 days later.

Dragonflies and damselflies like our weed patch because of the insect smorgasbord it offers them. They perch on bare stalks and fly out to catch flying insects.

Dragonflies lay their eggs in or near water. We have an old small strip pit south of the house and a long one behind us. (We can see neither from the house.) Plus, I have a small water garden. Adults come to weedy places to feed and mature, then return to water to mate and lay their eggs.